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St. Louis Cardinals Walk Off Without Pujols In Victory Vs. Royals

The St. Louis Cardinals won their series finale against the Kansas City Royals, pushing off a losing streak once and for all with a walk-off home run from Skip Schumaker—against a left-hander, no less—but the victory could be a pyrrhic one; Albert Pujols left the field with a wrist injury after a collision at first base with Wilson Betemit left him sprawled on the ground. Pujols had homered earlier in the game, to make matters more depressing, but the Cardinals won't know what, exactly, has hit them until tests come back Monday afternoon. 

Pujols and Schumaker's solo shots were supplemented by RBIs from Andrew Brown, who drove in two with the second hit of his career, and Schumaker himself, who had a pinch single in the sixth inning. Jaime Garcia allowed two earned runs in five innings, but Fernando Salas took the blown save and then the win after giving up a ninth inning home run to light-hitting Alcides Escobar.

For more updates on the situation, follow our Albert Pujols injury storystream and check Viva El Birdos, which will be discussing the situation nervously all morning.